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College Of The Canyons Offers Free Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

 

 The College of the Canyons Health & Wellness Center and the Child and Family Center of Santa Clarita will host a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training event designed to provide students and community members with the tools and training needed to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse.

The two-day event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday June 27, and Friday June 28, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258, located on the college’s Valencia campus (University Center Drive entrance).

Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Described as a “groundbreaking public education program,” the 12-hour Mental Health First Aid USA course has been used by a wide variety of groups and individuals, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, students and community members.

Conducted as a two-day seminar, this MHFA course will introduce participants to the risk factors and warning signs associated with mental health problems, build understanding of their impact and provide an overviews of common treatments. Specifically, participants will learn:

  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities.
  • A five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care.
  • The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

The two-day MHFA training seminar is FREE to attend, however interested individuals must register in advance.

Upon completion of the two-day course participants will be certified in MHFA (attendees must participate in both days of the seminar, and stay for the entire session in order to receive their MHFA certification).

These events are made possible with grant funding provided by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the voter-approved Mental Health Act (Prop 63).

For more information about the college’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training seminar, or to register to attend please contact Gayle Freund at (661) 362-5259 or Gayle.Freund@canyons.edu

 

 

College Of The Canyons Offers Free Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

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About Kyle Jellings

Kyle Jellings grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and graduated from Canyon High School in 2004. Following his high school career he spent three years at College of the Canyons where he graduated with his Associate's Degree. Kyle then traveled to Utah where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Communication: Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. While in Utah, Kyle had the opportunity to do many different internships which included a Production Assistant at ESPN 700 and a Media Relations Assistant with the 2009 MLS Cup Champions Real Salt Lake. Kyle was married to his wife Paola in 2008 and they had their first child, Calvin, in August of 2010. When Kyle is not at KHTS he enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in sports in any way.